Lamp Lit Marsanne 2016
Marsanne (87%), Roussanne (7%), Viognier (6%)
The 2016 growing season was relatively warm, with dry weather through December/January. Care was taken in the warm conditions to harvest relatively early to retain aromatics and preserve natural grape acid.
Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne are grown east of Murrumbateman (shaley red loam).
Winemaking The fruit was whole bunch pressed and run to seasoned Allier and Vosges oak for fermentation. Each parcel underwent a full malolactic fermentation and was aged on lees before blending and bottling in October 2016.
The wine is fresh on the nose with aromas of white flowers, flint and notes of quince of exotic spice. The palate is focussed, mouth-filling and long. Taut and gently fragrant now, the wine will steadily take on complexity and girth with age.
'The varietal combination and winemaking technique produce a unique, savoury dry white well removed the floral, aromatic style of riesling. The aroma combines a citrus-like character (orange and mandarin) with subtly musk- and Turkish-delight-like notes. These are reflected on a smooth, richly textured palate of great vibrance and freshness, with a mildly tannic grip on the lingering dry finish.'
Chris Shanahan - Canberra Times Good Food